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Martinez v. Martin 11-16-17


Style: Gerardo Martinez v. Ruebin A. Martin

Venue: Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Florida

Plaintiff Gerardo Martinez had been a restrained rear seat passenger in a vehicle proceeding through an intersection at 26th street and Lake Avenue, Tampa, Hillsborough County Florida. Defendant Ruebin Marin had been the driver of a vehicle which ran a stop sign colliding with the right rear passenger side of plaintiff vehicle.

Plaintiff alleged the accident caused injury to his lumber spine, L3.4 herniation/extrusion with compression of the left L4 nerve root and necessitation of laminectomy July 18, 2016.

Past medical expense was $154,111.

Plaintiff sought damages for future medical expenses as well as past and future pain and suffering.

Experts testifying for plaintiff included: David Rosenbach, MD and James Ronzo, MD.

Defendant argued that injuries were the result of a subsequent intervening accident.

Experts testifying for defendant included: Kenneth Hammon, DC, Jack Maniscalco, MD and Michael Foley, MD.

Defendant admitted to liability.

Defendant’s motions for directed verdict as to future medical expenses and future pain and suffering were granted during trial.

The jury returned its verdict November 16, 2017 finding that plaintiff’s injuries and resulting surgery were not causally related to defendant’s actions.

No damages were awarded as a result.

Abbadessa v. State Farm 6-30-17


Style: Abbadessa v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Venue: Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Florida

Plaintiff’s vehicle was rear-ended by an underinsured driver while coming to or at a stop in Brooksville, Florida, on March 17, 2014. Plaintiff alleged she sustained injury to her lumbar spine and underwent laminectomy, discectomy, and fusion on April 16, 2015 with medical expenses totaling over $295,000. After securing a directed verdict on part of Plaintiff’s complaint, the jury returned a verdict limited to past medical expenses in the amount of $20,000, finding no permanent injury had been sustained.

After collateral source offsets, net verdict was zero.

Estate of Briggs v. Robinson 6-15-17


Style: Estate of Richard Davies Briggs v. Robinson, et. al.

Venue: Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Florida

This case involved a motorcycle versus motor vehicle collision which occurred on May 5, 2012 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. The decedent sustained an oral laceration requiring nine sutures to close as a result of the impact. Following the accident, the decedent followed a course of conservative care.

On July 23, 2012, decedent experienced symptoms necessitating his presentation to Florida Hospital Emergency Room and was admitted with acute sepsis. On July 31, 2012, the decedent expired with final diagnosis related to complications from acute sepsis/MRSA infection.

Plaintiff contended the MRSA bacteria entered the decedent’s body and blood stream through the oral laceration sustained in the motor vehicle accident of May 5, 2012 and retained Michael David, MD, PhD as an infectious disease expert.

Dr. David provided an expert opinion that the most likely portal of entry of the MRSA bacteria into the decedent’s bloodstream was the oral laceration sustained in the motor vehicle accident. On cross examination, the limited information relied upon by the expert in reaching his opinion was established.

Ramey and Kampf, P.A., on behalf of the Defendant, argued that other potential portals of entry existed which could not be ruled out to include the diagnosis of MRSA lesion to right leg November 23, 2011, the diagnosis of a MRSA lesion to left earlobe April 30, 2010, previously undisclosed MRSA abscess identified by one of the decedent’s survivors on the witness stand occurring approximately two years prior to the date of loss, right eye cataract extraction November 30, 2011, left eye cataract extraction December 14, 2011, and daily insulin injections.

No witnesses were called on behalf of the defense.

After four days of trial, the jury returned a verdict for the defense awarding zero damages.

Debose v. Sallee 8-5-16


Style: Jacqueline Debose & Joseph Debose v. Charles Sallee

Venue: Circuit Court, Pinellas County, Florida

Plaintiffs’ vehicle was rear-ended while at a stop at the intersection of Tyrone Boulevard and Park Street, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida resulting in minimal property damage. Both Plaintiffs presented with a complex medical history primarily related to pre-existing conditions.

With regard to Jacqueline Debose, it was claimed she injured her cervical spine and aggravated preexisting lumbar spine conditions. With regard to Joseph Debose, it was claimed he injured his right shoulder and aggravated pre-existing cervical and lumbar spine condition.

Past medical expenses for Plaintiffs was in excess of $50,000.00, respectively.

Plaintiffs sought recovery of past medical expenses as well as future medical expenses to include $150,000 in relation to estimated right shoulder surgical costs for Joseph Debose.

The claims were evaluated and presented to the jury suggesting damages and verdicts in the amount of $21,500 and $16,500 respectively.

The jury returned the verdict in favor of Jacqueline Debose in the amount of $21,500 and Joseph Debose in the amount of $16,500 with no award for future damages as to either Plaintiff.

Benjamin v. Gladwin 9-25-15


Style: Kishada Benjamin v. Gladwin & Valiance

Venue: Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Florida

Plaintiff was the front seat passenger of a vehicle struck in the rear on May 5, 2012, in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. Plaintiff alleged injury to her right shoulder including a rotator cuff tear necessitating surgery on July 11, 2013.

In addition to compensatory damages, Plaintiff alleged punitive damages in light of an alleged statement made by Defendant at the scene of the accident to emergency services personnel that he had consumed a six-pack of beer three hours prior to the accident.

Ramey & Kampf, P.A., on behalf of the defense, argued that Plaintiffs credibility was at issue due to inconsistent facts concerning mechanism of injury and the history provided to her treating physicians, as well as undisclosed pre and post-accident evidence would account for the injuries at issue.

In addition, the defense established that there was no evidence of impairment of the Defendant’s normal faculties through testimony of investigating law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel.

After four days of trial, the jury returned a zero verdict.